A cancer diagnosis of any kind can bring you to your knees. But when I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my 35th birthday, I learned that there was an even lower low than my previous 2 lymphoma battles. You see, when I fought cancer (Hodgkin's Lymphoma) in high school and then again in college, I was not anyone's mother.
They say, "having a baby changes everything." When I heard the words, "it's breast cancer," all I could think about were my babies. More than anything, I wanted desperately to be here to love my sons as they grew.
It's been a while since my birthday in 2013 and my life has changed in big and small ways. I believe we can change outcomes in cancer if we band together.
I have joined my team of ACS Cancer Control staff who work everyday to eliminate health disparities by improving quality and access to cancer prevention and early detection.
Join our goal of turning our ACS QI + Facilitation Training (October 22nd - 24th in Atlanta, GA) to denim. A suggested donation of $5/day, $10 for all 3 days or more. Denim Day stickers will be available at registration on 10/22.
Breast cancer can make anyone feel alone. While mortality rates have dropped 39% among women since 1989, this year about 266,120 American women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,920 women are expected to die from the disease. But, together, we are stronger than breast cancer.
American Cancer Society Denim Days brings us together to help save lives from breast cancer. Denim Days will take place throughout October 2019, but please join us in a national celebration on October 4, 2019.
Since the event began in 1996, Denim Days participants have raised more than $97 million to make sure no one must face the disease alone. From investing in research to free rides to chemo and places to stay when treatment is far from home, the American Cancer Society is there for people every step of the way.
Denim Days began with a simple concept – if each of us takes a small step to help eliminate breast cancer, collectively, those steps will take us far in achieving our goal. Employees at a private company got together to ask coworkers for donations to “go casual” for the cause. And what’s more casual than denim? The idea spread, and now companies, schools, and other organizations nationwide have participated in raising funds and awareness to support our programs and services that help those with breast cancer, and to help others avoid a diagnosis altogether.
Want to implement Denim Days in your workplace? Ask me how!